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USB3 drives out shortly
PCP Pro briefly rounds up the latest news on the USB3 standard. This promises speeds of up to 600MBs over the interface and one area that could really benefit is external hard drives. Freecom and Buffalo both have drives for release by the end of the year, although whilst the USB3 headline speed is high, they will be aiming for ~125MBs, apparantly due to restrictions in drive speed (rather than the interface). That said, it's considerably faster than current USB2 speeds and they will ship with a USB3 expansion card (so you can use them!!). Good news for those of apps that carry all our USB apps around with us.

posted on: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Locate your postboxes
The Guardian reports on something useful to come out of the "Show Us a Better Way" competition run by that Cabinet Office and that is a website to find your nearest postbox and its collection times....

posted on: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Win7 Student Offer
Microsoft are offering HE students Windows 7 for 30. That's a damn good deal and includes either Home or Professional; the latter offering quite a few more features. It is download only (universities will be pleased with that!) and you must have an HE email address. You can pre-register from 1st October.

posted on: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Wikileaks does it again.... this time with postcodes!!
Well Wikileaks is at it again. This time it's supposedly the entire Royal Mail Postcode Address File (PAF) as a 241Mb CSV text file. Its a little smaller compressed and purports to be from July 8th. I'm sure this will upset a few people, not least the Royal Mail as it's an income stream (and probably the OS as well). Of course postcodes change so for "live" lookups (e.g. address filling on shopping sites) it won't be good enough, but for everyone else.....

posted on: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Portable GIS v2
Portable GIS v2 has just been released allowing you to take all your key GIS apps on a USB key. Great stuff and a very useful summary over at Mapperz.

posted on: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry